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Belize and Mexico sign a Memorandum of Understanding

At the “Foro de Cancun 2015”, Belize and Mexico signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish stronger business relations between both countries.

The Hon. Erwin Contreras, Minister of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection signed on behalf of Belize while Mr Francisco N. González Díaz, Director General of ProMéxico, signed on behalf of Mexico. The signing was witnessed by Quintana Roo’s Governor, Roberto Borge Angulo.DSC07967_b

Francisco N. González Díaz, Director General of ProMéxico  and Hon. Erwin Contreras , Minister of Trade

“The signing of the MOU is a very significant milestone in BELTRAIDE’s BelizeINVEST Unit’s young existence! We have now been able to formalize an MOU with PROMEXICO, one of the foremost leaders in the field of global investment promotion,” said Mr. Nick Ruiz, General Manager of BELTRAIDE’s Trade and Investment Development Division. He added: “We have been working on this since late 2012; now we can proudly claim that our international network includes a partnership with PROMEXICO, a relationship which we will leverage to increase capacity here at home.”

As part of the MOU, both BELRAIDE and ProMexico will exchange information  investment policies , opportunities and business data on Belize and Mexico. Both parties have collaborated to improve the investment climate of their respective countries and the effectiveness of their organizations by encouraging the exchange of training opportunities  in the fields of exports and investment promotion facilitation and aftercare as well as through joint efforts in best practices.

For further information, please contact the Marketing and Information Unit of BELTRAIDE  at 223-0322.


On September 17, 2015, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), in collaboration with the University of Belize held the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a new facility: Belize Enterprise and Innovation Institute (BEI2).

The building will be located on University of Belize’s Faculty of Management and Social Sciences campus in Belize City and will house two of BELTRAIDE’s technical units: SBDC Belize an Export Belize. It is designed to nurture entrepreneurship and innovation and strengthen Belize’s enterprise competitiveness.

The building will accommodate a series of meeting rooms, small business incubators as well as a resource centre. The BEI2 is the first government facility to incorporate both Green and SMART technologies which will be beneficial in promoting environmental conservation as well as encouraging the use of modern technologies to facilitate enterprise and innovation.

At the launch a memorandum of Understanding was signed between BELTRAIDE and the University of Belize as a symbol of an extended partnership. Signing on behalf of UB was Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Harrison Pilgrim and on behalf of BELTRAIDE was CEO in the Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection, Michael Singh, other signatories included: Leija Melanie Gideon, Manager of Enterprise and Innovation, BELTRAIDE and President of UB, Alan Slusher.

The facility is being designed by Hilberto Riverol Jr.

BELTRAIDE wants to sincerely thank the US Mission to the OAS, the OAS and University of Texas at San Antonio for all their kind assistance and guidance over the last three years. Without their assistance, BELTRAIDE would not be able to achieve all its successes under its SBDCBelize and EXPORTBelize and have this very notable milestone of BEI2 groundbreaking.”

(L-R) Alan Slusher, President of the University of Belize, Melanie Gideon , CEO

(L-R) Alan Slusher, President of the University of Belize, Dr. Bernard Watler, Dean Faculty of management & Social Science, Melanie Gideon , Manger Enterprise & Innovation, CEO Min. of Trade,Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development & Consumer Protection

CEO , Ministry of Trade , Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection

CEO , Ministry of Trade , Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection


Belize Audubon Society partners with BELTRAIDE to improve community development.

Mrs. Amanda Acosta, Executive Director, Belize Audubon Society, along with Ms. Lejia Melanie Gideon, General Manager, Enterprise & Innovation Division and Mrs. Nilda Riverol signing the MOU.

Mrs. Amanda Acosta, Executive Director, Belize Audubon Society, along with Ms. Lejia Melanie Gideon, General Manager, Enterprise & Innovation Division and Mrs. Nilda Riverol signing the MOU.

BELTRAIDE through the Small Business Development Center (SBDCBelize), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Belize Audubon Society (BAS) at the Belize Training and Employment Center conference room, solidifying a partnership to assist business located in buffer communities around the protected areas.

The Belize Audubon Society (BAS) is a non-governmental conservation organization working for over 45 years in Belize, focusing on protected areas management, environmental education, advocacy, biodiversity research and monitoring, and community development.

Through the community development and outreach program, communities are engaged in sustainable development initiatives to improve their livelihoods and support conservation. For over 20 years, BAS along with various funders and partners have assisted in building resilient communities through skills training and capacity building in agro-processing, craft making, sustainable fishing, small business development and eco-tourism.

Our partnership will allow BAS to continue programs geared towards community development. Mrs. Amanda Burgos-Acosta, Executive Director, believes that this working-relationship will further demonstrate BAS commitment to empowering these communities through the execution of trainings and business advising by SBDCBelize.

Expression of Interest Notice: Participate in a Seminar on Angel Investor Engagement Training for Entrepreneurs

This training will sensitize, educate, and train regional entrepreneurs in global best practices methods of engaging angel investors for investment.

In its mission to increase the competitiveness of firms in the region, Caribbean Export has taken note of the inability of regional firms to consistently gain access to the right mix of financing applicable to their stages of development as being a major hindrance to them achieving success. As such Caribbean Export has embarked on activities, in conjunction with our World Bank partners, to increase access to private equity financing, specifically Angel Investment to regional firms. One such activity involves training regional entrepreneurs on how to properly and successfully engage Angel investors when seeking to raise capital for their businesses.

Formal Angel investing within the region is a new occurrence; however, informal angel investing has been taking place within the region for many years. There are three formal Angel groups in the Caribbean; two in Jamaica (First Angels Jamaica and Alpha Angels), and one in Barbados (Trident Angels) and others planned for formation in the short and medium term. There are also a number of regional High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) performing angel type activities outside the auspices of a formal angel group.

Caribbean Export will sponsor a representative from twenty (20) CARIFORUM firms to participate in this event. The aim of this initiative is to build the capacity of those selected to strategically target, engage and properly pitch to regional/international angel investors.

This EOI is targeted to, but not limited to both start-ups and established firms who are actively seeking angel capital, and also firms that are exporting or have export potential in both goods and services.

Interested persons must submit all required documentation to Caribbean Export Development Agency.

All Expressions of interest should be submitted no later than June 5th  2015 4:30 pm Barbados time, by email only and in English to Mr. Kevin Jones, Caribbean Export – Advisor; Access to Finance at

The criteria for participating in this initiative are listed below:

Firms must submit: 

    • Indicating a willingness to provide Caribbean Export with information on your progress in seeking angel investment.
    • Demonstrating intent to use the training as a tool to target regional angel groups/ investors for funding.

Please note that the support that Caribbean Export will be providing to each of the 20 successful candidates to participate in this Business Summit is limited to:

  • Direct economy airfare for one person
  • Accommodation and daily stipend for one person (based on European Union guidelines)

The OECD defines a high-growth enterprise as a firm with an “average annualised growth in employees (or in turnover) greater than 20% a year, over a three-year period, and with ten or more employees at the beginning of the observation period.”

Expression of Interest Angel Investor Engagement Training for Entrepreneurs Final

Investor Engagement for Entrepreneurs Flyer and Agenda Final

Entrepreneur Investor Engagement EOI Application Form Final

Inspiring women entrepreneurs through the BA1 Project

Training commenced today, concurrently at San Pedro, Bermudian Landing and in Belize City for the BA1 Project.The BA1 Project includes an initiative to provide seed funds (small grants) to improve the lives of women who are at risk of and/or are victims of gender based violence and trafficking of women to help them improve their economic status.  The consultancy shall provide support to strengthen women’s capacities, both in employment skills and self-esteem, to support the identification and elaboration of productive business concepts for entrepreneurship, self-employment or cooperatives.

SBDCBelize and BTEC will therefore;

  1. Support the participating of women (or cooperatives/women´s groups) in development of their business, marketing and life plans with a focus on sustainability of activities beyond the consultancy period.
  2. Develop and implement methodological tools for follow up and monitoring of the life, marketing and business plans. During the contract period, continuously monitor and support the women in their personal development and implementation of their businesses.
  3. Develop a network where the women awarded seed funds can exchange experiences and give each other support.
  4. Systematize the experience:  document the process of the consultancy products and the lessons learned.

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If you would like to know more about this remarkable capacity building opportunity please feel free to contact the Women’s Department in your area.


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